The Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant Program presents the Environmental Education and Community Initiatives. These grants are available to nonprofits, schools and municipalities who initiate environmental education projects, community engagement and neighborhood greening activities. The suite of grants includes:
Community Stewardship Grant of up to $5,000
These grants are awarded to schools, nonprofits and other community organizations whose missions are centered upon directly engaging community members (especially children and young adults) in environmental education and stewardship. These grants also support organizations that demonstrate active engagement as defenders of the environment by developing innovative solutions to local environmental problems.
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Community Stewardship Grant
Open spaces, engaged citizens, and healthy environments in our communities increase the quality of life for all. Recognizing this, Maryland Environmental Trust, Forever Maryland and the Maryland Department of Transportation annually award Keep Maryland Beautiful Community Stewardship Grants to schools, nonprofits, and other community organizations that are working to eliminate local environmental problems, encourage stewardship of the environment, and educate community members. The Community Stewardship Grants honor the legacy of
Bill James, who drafted the legislation that founded Maryland Environmental Trust, and
Margaret Rosch Jones, former executive director of the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program.
Community Stewardship Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to schools, nonprofits and other community organizations whose missions are centered upon directly engaging community members (especially children and young adults) in environmental education and stewardship. These grants also support organizations that are demonstrating active engagement as defenders of the environment by developing innovative solutions to local environmental problems. Proposed projects should activate citizens and encourage stewardship through education and outreach while elevating awareness of local environmental problems and working to reduce them.
The objectives of the grants are:
- To inspire and empower young people to become caretakers of their local environment and community through hands-on, project-based learning
- To support and encourage the ongoing work of organizations that have been active in educating fellow community members about environmental issues such as litter prevention, local stewardship and beautification, or other local and statewide environmental issues
- To help community organizations identify and eliminate the root causes of local environmental issues, rather than just their consequences
- To encourage thoughtful consideration of local land use and development that preserves natural capital
- To preserve natural areas and create a sense of place in communities
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The legacy of William S. James is one of the drivers of the inauguration of the Community Stewardship Grants. He drafted legislation to create the Maryland Environmental Trust, incorporating the activities of the Governor's Committee to Keep Maryland Beautiful.
Born in Aberdeen, MD, in 1914, James studied law at the University of Maryland and practiced in Bel Air for 38 years. As President of the Maryland Senate, Bill James was the principal architect of many of Maryland's most important environmental laws, including the tidal wetlands law, Program Open Space, and agricultural land preservation.
James was a man of vision who will not be forgotten for his contributions to the betterment of Maryland's environment.
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Margaret Rosch Jones
The legacy of Margaret Rosch Jones was one of the influences in the establishment of Community Stewardship Grant. She was the executive director and moving spirit of the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program for many years.
The Trust hopes to remind citizens of her devotion, energy, and ingenuity by presenting an award in her name to a group whose voluntary activities personified these attributes that Margaret Jones brought to her work.
Born in 1906, Margaret Jones was dedicated to the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay. One of her “pet projects” was a statewide contest with prizes for winners of gasoline station inspections. Margaret Jones had a genius IQ, wrote poetry in her spare time and was a self-taught Latin scholar.
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